Twitter has decided to stop enforcing its anti-COVID-19 disinformation policy.
Public health professionals are worried that this decision may have significant repercussions if it deters people from vaccinating and from making other anti-virus efforts.
A one-sentence amendment to Twitter’s online policies was noticed Monday night by observant users. It read: “Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer implementing the COVID-19 false information policy.”
After Elon Musk bought Twitter, several Twitter accounts began experimenting with the new restrictions and praising the platform’s laissez-faire attitude by Tuesday.
Using this policy, people from all over the world who questioned the media’s portrayal of the virus and its treatments were silenced, according to Dr. Simone Gold, a key proponent of COVID-19 deception.
“Freedom of expression and medicine win! ”
Many public health officials were dismayed by Twitter’s decision to stop removing incorrect statements regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, but they were also concerned that it might encourage further false claims about the virus or the security and efficacy of vaccines.
Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist, tweeted, “Bad news,” urging users to stay on Twitter and fight for truthful information about the virus.
“Stay guys, don’t give them the town square! ”
Meanwhile, the infection is still spreading. Johns Hopkins University figures show that as of Monday, the number of new COVID cases nationwide was nearly 38,800 per day — significantly less than last winter but still a vast undercount due to decreased testing and reporting.
According to the most recent official daily statistics, about 28,100 patients with COVID were hospitalized daily, and roughly 313 passed away.
Deaths and cases increased from two weeks prior.
However, a fifth of Americans are unvaccinated, the majority have not received the most recent boosters, and many have stopped receiving vaccinations.